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Doubling Down on Climate Progress: The Benefits of a Stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first multi-state climate policy to cut dangerous carbon dioxide pollution from power plants and generate revenue to fund clean energy programs. Doubling Down on Climate Progress finds that, as good as the program is, we can make it better. Doubling the strength of RGGI would result in big benefits: fewer emissions, improved air quality and more funding for renewable energy projects. 

(March 2017)
Fracking Failures 2017: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania

Even when drillers follow all the rules, fracking is a dirty and dangerous activity. Yet drilling companies also regularly violate laws and regulations meant to protect the environment and the public, magnifying the risk to our health and environment. In Pennsylvania, fracking companies violate environmental or public health laws on virtually a daily basis. In the last eight years, fracking companies together committed a combined total of 4,351 violations, or an average of 1.4 violations per day. Despite the number of violations resulting from fracking operations across Pennsylvania—and the ensuing pollution, workplace accidents and threats to public health—enforcement has lagged far behind the level necessary to deter companies from breaking the rules.

(March 2017)
Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively deploy clean energy on campus, setting a goal of getting 100 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources.

(March 2017)
Catching the Rain: How Green Infrastructure Can Reduce Flooding and Improve Water Quality in Texas

Flooding has caused significant damage in Texas in recent years, and pollution from stormwater runoff poses a persistent threat to local waterways. As more land is paved over and climate change increases the frequency of heavy rains, the risk of flooding is likely to increase. Catching the Rain explains how green stormwater infrastructure can be a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way to limit future damage from flooding and stormwater pollution.

(February 2017)
Big Banks, Big Overdraft Fees: The CFPB Defends Consumers Against Harmful and Deceptive Fees

Through the first three quarters of 2016, 626 large banks reported collecting $8.4 billion in revenue from overdraft and NSF fees, an increase of 3.6 percent over the same period in 2015. American consumers should look to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which has already enforced overdraft regulations and returned millions of dollars to consumers, to take new action to prevent unfair overdraft fees.

(December 2016)